The Round Whisper of No Moon
by Peter Kaufmann
Scheduled Release Date: Nov 15, 2022
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“In a world of next, next, next, Kaufmann’s poems strike the resonant NOW gong. The Round Whisper of No Moon is a riveting book to keep close by, on your shrine.”
—Naomi Shihab Nye, Young People’s Poet Laureate, The Poetry Foundation
The Round Whisper of No Moon weaves imagery and story gathered over twenty years of migrating between the wilds of Alaska and densely populated cities in Southeast Asia. Peter Kaufmann’s poems travel between cultures and communities, the natural world, and stories of people in the margins of society. They draw from a life of both deep connections to place and one that is constantly uprooted, stitching together themes of migration, home, love, longing and belonging.
What if we could learn to say what we feel? These poems show us how. What if real courage is going to the tender place, and claiming your right to be there? This book takes you to that heaven. Poem after poem invests complete trust in the power of images to tell the heart’s most intimate desire. Alaska, California, Viet Nam, Cambodia—and curiosity, kinship, grief—are all home if you are one who can see. Put this book inside you, and then practice what it teaches: say what you love and long for. Don’t delay.
—Kim Stafford, Oregon Poet Laureate (2018-2020), author of Singer Come from Afar